Video appunto: Vanish and Condense
To vanish is to become invisible, or disappear, usually quickly, both literally and figuratively.
One of the best tricks in the Amazing Rondini's magic act is when he makes a live cockerel vanish before the audience's eyes. I still can't figure out how he does it!
My mother used to make my favourite mince pies every year at Christmas. I was able to make six or eight of them vanish in only a few minutes!
When something disappears completely and quickly, the expression vanish into thin air can indicate the observer's amazement. When something has disappeared and cannot be found even after extensive searching, you can say it has vanished off the face of the earth.
I know that I heard Roger singing to himself in the next room, but when I got there, he was nowhere to be seen. It was as if he had vanished into thin air.
We spent more than an hour trying to find the missing remote control for the television, with no luck. It seemed to have vanished off the face of the earth.
In science, condense means to transform from a gaseous state into a liquid state. The process is called condensation. More generally, condense means to decrease something's size or volume, with the idea that what remains is essential.
Every evening, dew forms on the grass. As the sun sets, the air temperature goes down, and water vapour in the air condenses into liquid water, which collects on the surface of each blade of grass.
This morning's presentation lasted two hours and covered a lot of ground. Frank condensed it for us into a set of ten important points.
Condensed is also frequently used as an adjective. For example, a condensed dictionary is one that has been made shorter and more portable by omitting lesser¬used definitions and less essential information. Many recipes, call for the use of sweetened, condensed milk, a thick milk product with added sugar that is sold in cans.
According to Webster's Condensed Dictionary, the adjective condensed means "decreased in size or volume."
I was planning to make my famous caramel cheesecake for dessert when my family came for Christmas, so I had to stop at the shop and pick up three cans of sweetened, condensed milk.